Any dental problem that requires immediate attention in order to save a tooth, stop annoying tissue bleeding, or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency. Examples of dental emergencies include a tooth injury, gum bleeding, or toothache. When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. At Butterfly Dental Care in San Jose, Dr. Jianye Chen provides reliable and affordable, in-office emergency patient care that restores peace of mind.
We Offer Urgent Care for These Dental Emergencies
We routinely treat these dental emergencies at our state-of-the-art dental health clinic:
Loose Bridges - Unless you’re in great pain, a loose bridge is generally not considered an emergency situation. But you should make a dental appointment with Dr. Chen as soon as possible because the situation will only get worse.
Loose Crowns - If you have lost the crown, you can coat the tooth surface with an over-the-counter dental cement (available at many pharmacies) to temporarily seal the area until Dr. Chen can repair it. Whether your crown is loose or lost, call our office as soon as possible.
Loose Fillings - A loose or lost filling is rarely an emergency. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure, or air. If you lose a filling, put it in a safe place and make an appointment to see Dr. Chen as soon as you can.
Broken or Chipped Teeth - Fixing a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth has broken off. Usually, a chipped tooth isn’t an emergency and can be corrected with dental bonding. This means that Dr. Chen will apply a strong, tooth-colored material to it to restore the tooth’s shape.
Soft Tissue Damage and Gum Bleeding - In most cases, bleeding gums indicate a form of gum disease, which is an emergency Dr. Chen can help treat. She will likely perform a deep dental cleaning or scaling and root planning procedure to help remove any infection within the gums. Additionally, an oral rinse may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and infection.
Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth - Knocking out or loosening a tooth is a medical emergency. If an adult tooth is knocked out, try putting it back in place and contact our office immediately. Don't try to re-insert a baby tooth – bring your child to Dr. Chen immediately. If you can't put an adult tooth back into position, place it in milk and contact our dental health clinic.
Tooth Abscesses - As a more serious dental emergency, a tooth abscess may require immediate root canal therapy by Dr. Chen. This involves drilling into the affected tooth to drain the abscess and remove any infected tissue. Go to the emergency room if you have an
abscessed tooth accompanied by a high fever.
Toothaches - One of the most common reasons for a bad toothache is severe decay or an infection. To resolve this issue, Dr. Chen may need to perform a root canal. After she finishes the procedure, you will begin to feel significantly better than when you first came in. Sometimes, it is also necessary to restore the tooth with a dental filling or crown, a process that can be done during the same visit or a follow-up appointment.
Cracked Teeth - Having a piece of a tooth break off and fall out is certainly startling. And if there is pain or blood involved, it is definitely considered a dental emergency. Even if it doesn’t hurt or bleed, a cracked tooth or chipped tooth should be seen by Dr. Chen. However, the amount of urgency depends on the type and severity of the problem.